John R. Anderson Jr., a North Carolina native, earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in soil science and crop science, respectively, from NC State University. He holds a PhD in agronomy and plant physiology from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.
John began his career in the Department of Crop Science at NC State University. He worked there 20 years, achieving the rank of Professor in 1992. He was recognized nationally and internationally for his on-farm research and grower educational programs in irrigated and no-tillage corn production as well as his leadership of a multidisciplinary team that worked to enhance wildlife resources on working lands.
In 1998, John accepted a position on Monsanto Company’s original Roundup Ready® soybean technical team. He worked 13 years at Monsanto in diverse technology and business development roles, including management of numerous collaborations with independent crop consultants, professional farm managers, land grant universities and the conservation community. In 2008, John received Monsanto’s highest global recognition for his technical work on the Biotech Yield Endorsement. Since 2014, he has worked with several data-centric startup companies; he is an EarthOptics Founder.